Following the recent murder of one of its activists in Kerala's Kannur district, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a state-wide shutdown on Thursday to protest against the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government.
Noting that it was the seventh politically motivated murder in the district this year, BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI, "The CPI-M or the Left ideology has been violent and if you don't stand with their ideology, they would like to differ with you by silencing you through murder, and that's what is exactly happening in Kerala," Singh said.
"It is highly condemnable, but certainly the BJP will raise this issue in a democratic manner and respond to the violence of the Left," he added.
Another BJP leader Sambit Patra said, "A government that cannot protect lives cannot be called a government in fact. We have seen almost every day someone is hacked to death in Kerala. The Kerala Government has to investigate and has to punish those people who are responsible for this."
Both the CPI-M and the BJP are now blaming each other for the death of their respective party workers.
Police has deployed personnel in large numbers in the district to maintain law and order.
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